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Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School is a unique collection of thirty personal essays written by students from Wellstone International High School. Coming from thirteen different countries, these youth share stories of family, school, change, and dreams. The broad range of experiences and the honesty with which these young people tellGreen Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School is a unique collection of thirty personal essays written by students from Wellstone International High School. Coming from thirteen different countries, these youth share stories of family, school, change, and dreams. The broad range of experiences and the honesty with which these young people tell their stories is captured here with inspiring clarity. Their reasons for immigrating are vast, but a common thread unites them; despite tremendous tribulation these young people continue to work towards the futures of which they dream.With the included study guide and glossary, Green Card Youth Voices is an exceptional resource for English and social science classes, adult learners, ESL classrooms, and book clubs.Includes: Introduction by Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, 30 personal essays, 30 color portraits, links to the students' video narratives, glossary, study guide....

Title : Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School
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ISBN : 9780997496000
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 139 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School Reviews

  • Tamara
    2018-10-04 16:47

    This book is more than a good read, it is an experience. You will wonder at their strength, be impressed by their sensitive and loving natures, and understand the immigrant and refugee experiences just a little better. Give as gifts to your friends and family who have been taken off into the sunset of racism and bigotry. And buy loads for your friends and family who self identify as social justice citizens. The stories are compelling and awesome, loving and shocking, scary and courageous. This book should be read by every high schooler in Minnesota. Every. Single. One. It's time to set aside false barriers and become neighbors and friends.

  • Eleanor
    2018-09-20 21:06

    Quite inspiring and informative quick read. Was honored to get to attend book reading event in which 3 of these young adults shared their stories of immigration. Would highly recommend the book. It is an easy read and left me feeling more aware, inspired as well as hopeful. I would read a couple stories at a time as they were quite powerful.

  • Nausheena
    2018-10-09 14:47

    The essays in this book are very powerful. Sometimes we are too wrapped up in our own immigrant narratives, of how our elders came to America for a better life. We don't realize that for our children, their memories of home and their childhood are of love, fun, friends, and family they leave behind. This was such a great book to help me see that.

  • Fedwa Wazwaz
    2018-10-11 16:59

    The book is great for schools and other higher institutions to open conversations with students who are recent immigrants. The exhibit that comes with the book is also a great read. As a Muslim, I appreciate the work of Green Card Voices, as it helps immigrants in telling their stories and finding their own voice - giving them confidence to connect to the greater community.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-25 17:05

    Inspiring stories from high school kids who have come to Minnesota to live out their dreams, live in safety with their families, and receive an education. What could be more American?

  • Cindy Leighton
    2018-09-20 17:06

    POWERFUL personal narratives of students who migrated from thirteen different countries and currently attend Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you so much Paige Fors for introducing this book to me. Beautiful pictures of each of 30 immigrants students, along with their stories in their own words and links to video versions. Often heartbreaking - most of the students have spent the vast majority of their brief lives without a parent who has immigrated first. Stories of reuniting with parents who have been absent most of their lives share common threads of feeling "weird" and missing grandparents who raised them. Many have spent years in refugee camps, most have learned at least two languages before coming to the US and needing to learn English too. Most have fond memories of their countries of origins and long for the family and friends left behind. They each have unique dreams for their lives in America - but they all seem to value the opportunities and possibilities available to them in the US. They almost all dream of college - some so that they can chase the American Dream, and some so they can return to their country of origin and help.Loved the reactions to snow and Minnesota weather :-) - and the confusion about the bus system seemed universal. Reading their stories sure made me more empathetic to the challenges of immigration. Can't wait to use this book with my students this fall!

  • Katie J
    2018-10-16 18:40

    The main topic of this book was about immigrant youth attending Wellstone International High School and/or MCTC and their experience coming to the United States. I enjoyed that it was told in first-person. I think there is a large misconception that many immigrants come here to "take jobs away from Americans," however, most of the stories in this novel were about people fleeing war in their country or suffering from extreme poverty. Many expressed that they wish to return to their country after receiving an education and/or after the political climate gets better. A lot of stories were about adjusting to American life and the English language.I enjoyed reading this book, I don't know if it was mentioned, but each story read as though the story-teller was speaking to the reader. Basically, it sounded as though these stories were transcribed, and while I know there was digital story-telling going on, it also mentioned that these stories were personal essays (which to me, means writing). So the specific medium used was a bit confusing.Either way, I enjoyed it. I loved that the stories were accompanied by a picture of the storyteller, because it allowed me to visualize them in their story.

  • Kristyn
    2018-10-14 17:56

    I read this book on several different levels. First of all, as a teacher, I could tell the assignment they'd been given and the questions they'd been asked. As a teacher of ESL students at the university level (the terminology is ELL or multilingual students at the K-12 level), reading this book was a reminder of the wide variety of challenges these students face. As a person, this book provides an opportunity to enter the lives of young people from other countries whose lives are full of love, loss, difficulty, and hope. Each story is 2-3 pages long and is accompanied by a full-color photo of the student. The language is such that it would be readily accessible by English speakers from late elementary on up, perhaps intermediate ELL/ESL students. The format also makes it easy to read story by story without the pressure of finishing the whole book.

  • Marilyn
    2018-09-28 17:38

    Read to see what these students' lives were like before arriving in Minneapolis. It is amazing to see how far they have come.

  • Mariahenly
    2018-09-19 21:41

    This book is a wonderful way to put a "face" on the lives of immigrants, many are coming to the US to start better lives away from war and poverty. They are stories of loss and hope and resiliency. The students are all seeking their dreams in a place where they can actually become reality. You will be surprised at the diversity of their experiences and histories. Plus the book includes a study guide for book groups or classroom teachers. The book has recently won the Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award and it is well deserved!

  • Kari Mathias
    2018-10-04 16:01

    "When I came to this country, I saw they have heaven and they have the hell. But you can choose heaven, every day of your life, by the actions you take in your community. You are free to choose something you want to be. I choose to be a part of heaven by my actions and by my work. I know who I am. I know that people in the world need my knowledge. People of the world need the things I have in my mind. I try to do what I can to make an impact." - Dorette Nguelefack, Green Card Youth Voices

  • Rachel
    2018-10-20 16:49

    I'm glad to see this published!